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Uskalla yrittää 2021 Final info

 

Finland’s most significant youth entrepreneurship competition, The Uskalla Yrittää final 2021, will be held as a virtual event in April 21.-22. 2021.

During the spring, 400 NY companies and 1,000 NY entrepreneurs participated in regional semi-finals across Finland. In the final, they will compete for the Finnish Championship title and European Championship places.

In the final, the best NY companies in Finland will be chosen. The main prizes are JA Company of the Year, which is given to the best primary or secondary company and the winner continues to the European Championships (virtual, organized by in Lithuania), and JA Enterprise of the Year, which is given to the best higher education company and the winner represents Finland at the virtual European Championships organized by Lithuania.

The winners of the Finnish Championships and the recipients of the signature awards are selected by a jury of business professionals who get to know the companies ’operations through a pitch deck and interviews.

 

FINAL SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday 21.4.

    • 8:30-10:00 Teachers seminar (livestream) in Finnish
      • Keynote speaker Pia Polsa 
      • Panel discussion 
      • Teacher of the Year -award 
    • 10:00-11:00 Opening ceremony (livestream)
      • Keynote speaker Perttu Pölönen (in Finnish) 
      • The Online competitions – Reward ceremony 
    • 11:00-12:00 Lunch break and the JA companies move to their stands 
    • 12:00-15:00 The Fair is open. During the fair the judges will be visiting all the JA companies and the pitching competition takes place. 
    • 14:30-15:30 The fair is open for all visitors 
    • 16:00-17:00 After work for all Finalists by the Alumni
      • Fun and relaxed networking with the JA Alumni 
      • Reward for ”Best virtual stand” 
      • Top 15 companies that qualify for JA Company of the Year and JA Enterprise of the Year will be announced 

    Thursday 22.4.

    • 9:00-11:30 The judges will be interviewing the top 15 candidates (candidates will be informed about schedule)
    • 14:00-16:00 Award ceremony (livestream)

     

    All winners of the competition categories will be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony. The first part of the finals of the fair from 12 to 14.30 is for the invited guest event during which a judging will be held. With this arrangement, we guarantee all young people the opportunity to meet and discuss with the jury and the partners who enable the activities of the Young Entrepreneurship Association.

 

The virtual finals of the JA Competition is organized as a part of the school program. The participating students and teachers are obliged to follow regulations and recommendations given by their local authorities and the government. Participants within risk groups will follow the same recommendations as they normally do.

JA Finland can not be held responsible for any problems related to violation against regional regulations regarding COVID-19.

The activities on the set follow the recommendations given by THL (Finnish institute for health and welfare) and the government.

Competition rules

There is no age limit for participating the finals. However, please note the age limits for the JA Company of the Year and JA Enterprise of the Year -competitions.

For the elementary school and upper secondary level the age limits for the competition for the Finnish championship derive directly from the age limits for the competition for the European championship. The official policy of JA Europe is:

Achievers representing their Companies in the competition must be at least 15 years old and no more than 21 years old on the 31st of July of the year of participation. Younger or older students will be automatically asked to withdraw from the competition.

Because of this the JA companies of the upper secondary level wanting to compete for the title of the best JA company in Finland can not have participants over 21 years old.

In the final for the European championship is the lower age limit 15 years and upper age limit 21 years for the participants from the elementary and upper secondary level. If there is an under- or over-aged member in the JA company it limits the chance of getting to the competition for the European championship.

If your company wants to compete for getting to the final in the Euopean championship can this person not take part in the operation of your company at any level. She or he is therefore a guest at the event and has access to the trade fair and the presentations of the companies. She or he cannot, however, identify as a representative of your JA company.

A JA company can take part in the final with all its members regardless their ages but in that case the JA company cannot become the representative of Finland in the competition for the European championship. In all the other categories of the competition is the JA company included, though.

For the higher education level the age limits for the competition for the Finnish championship derive directly from the age limits for the competition for the European championship. The official policy of JA Europe is:

Achievers representing their Companies in the competition must be at least 18 years old and no more than 29 years old on the 31st of July of the year of participation. Younger or older students will be automatically asked to withdraw from the competition.

Because of this the JA companies of the upper secondary level wanting to compete for the title of the best JA company in Finland can not have participants over 29 years old.

In the Finnish final the amount of participants can be at most eight persons per JA company. However, for instance the amount of participants from the upper secondary level and higher education level in the competition for the European championship is limited to five persons. Below a citation from the instructions of JA Europe:

The number of official participants per JA Company is limited to a maximum of 5 students. A student may NOT attend as an official participant if he/she has participated as a member of a team in any of the past Competitions. If additional achievers from the same company attend the event, they may NOT participate in any part of the competition (during on-stage presentation, at the stand presentations, or during the interview).

One can usually take part in the JA Company Program only once during elementary school, senior high school, vocational school or higher education. This applies also to the Uskalla Yrittää final competition. If one has conducted the program in elementary school it is possible to do it again in senior high school or vocational school.

It is not possible, however, to participate the JA Company Program and therefore the Uskalla Yrittää final for a second time with the same business idea, even if the school level should be changed. Participating with the same business idea puts other participants of the program and the final in an unequal position.

If the JA company has one or more members who have already taken part in the Uskalla Yrittää final during the same school level (elementary level or upper secondary level as a whole) can these members in question not take part in the operation of the company in the final at any level. They are therefore guests at the event and have access to the trade fair and the presentations of the companies. They cannot, however, identify as representatives of your JA company. In this way can all the competitors reach for success from an equal standing point.

Yes. There are several categories in the finals that are common to school levels and a JA company may be a candidate for winners in several categories.

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